Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Something old, something new

My vintage Oliver Goldmiths and the pattern of my new dress.

photo by Eyespectacle

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Monday, 29 July 2013

Going against the rules!

Here is a very interesting face I saw on the train the other day! Though this lady wasn't wearing any sunglasses I thought these cream straight top bars are a perfect fit. I know strong jaw lines with wide cheekbones look better with a rounded or aviator-shaped frame to soften the features but I think sometimes there are exceptions to face-shape and sunglasses pairing rules. Besides, personality should always be the main inspiration when choosing a pair of sunglasses and sometimes it's nice to highlight a feature!
artwork by Eyespectacle, sunglasses by General Eyewear archive

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Oh, Betty!

You know what a sucker I am for anything independently designed, produced and shared with the world but today I didn't have to look very far as, just inside my favourite book store, a little gem of independent publication was staring at me through daisy-framed, yellow-tinted lens. Meet Betty.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

People orange fringe

I saw this girl in Soho the other day, her fringe was a bright orange colour in contrast with her warm chestnut brown hair. I think it looks nice with wide, fine and deep purple glasses for contrast (these are from Swedish brand Oscar Magnuson).

artwork by Eyespectacle

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Upcycling, Tina like Judy

Last week I visited Tina Au's workshop, just off Bricklane. Tina upcycles discarded sunglasses and turns them into beautiful jewellery under the Tunalien brand she set up a three years ago.

Some pieces remind me of the rich jewellery worn by Bengali dancers (maybe inspired by Brick Lane's local culture?) and some of Pierrot's iconic teardrop (see the last picture below, Tina smiled when I made this reference). 

I wish there was a way to get some lens in them so my bespectacled self could wear them too....

Tina's spirit of experimentation reminds me of stylist Judy Blame's approach. Though very different in background and style (Tina's work is a lot more delicate and feminine, Judy's undoubtedly punk), they are both driven by that "going with the flow" spirit to create beautifully customised pieces from found objects. I think the pictures above speak for the beauty of Tina's work.

On the off chance that you are not familiar with Judy's punk aesthetic, he is an art director and stylist who helped define magazines such as The Face and i-D throughout the 80s and 90s. In this video by Showstudio he talks about the highs and lows of his career.

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Talking about the weather again

Have you ever noticed those people, in line at passport control, who just flew back from a holiday in a hot country; the ones in Havaianas and shorts who are going to freeze stiff the minute they walk out of the airport on that chilly January morning, ok you got the picture, well I think that wearing white sunglasses in Winter or in (breezy) British Summer feel as out of place as shorts and T-shirts in similar weather conditions, don't you think? Well, not today they don't because despite some very worrying weather predictions from the Met Office I am still candidly hopeful that we are going to get some sunshine this summer or as I have renamed it, some white-sunglasses-weather!

artwork by Eyespectacle

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Friday, 5 July 2013

New Materials - Moonrise by Ejing Zhang

As you know I am very inspired by materials these days. I could muse on interesting eyewear shapes for ages but what really intrigues me is the materials glasses are made with, so I am always on the lookout for new ones that could potentially be used in eyewear.

My latest find was Ejing Zhang's resin with embedded wood and colourful thread called Moonrise. Ejing developed it for her graduation project at the Royal College of Art which she crafted into jewellery (and curiously, a sushi box!) but I cannot stop thinking how nice it would look as sunglasses, maybe with a tuft of coloured thread sticking out on the sides of the frame?

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

Another designer who already incorporated dried flower petals in her recent sunglasses collection is Heidi.

And here is some inspiration from the king of 3D acetate patterns, Thierry Lasry!

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Hapter stands for one of the reasons why I love writing about eyewear; it's a small and independent brand with a focus on craft and innovation. So, I was very excited when Mirko asked me to write a piece on Hapter, the eyewear concept he created with his business partner, Eric. Mirko and I had worked together in the Italian Alps when we where both at the beginning of our careers in eyewear design and where lucky enough to work in close contact with local craftspeople, who have obviously influenced some of Hapter's (as well as mine) design and craft values.

In 2009, inspired by a recent finding of a pair of military goggles buried in a glacier since the Second World War, Mirko and Eric came up with a new eyewear concept combining craft and technology, industrial-grade surgical steel and cotton fabrics. Fast forward three years and Hapter was born, also thanks to a collaboration with master weavers Lanificio F.lli Cerruti who provided 132 years of experience in creating luxury fabrics.

Each frame is laser-cut out of a sheet of flexible, industrial-grade, surgical steel bonded on both sides with a single piece of 100% cotton fabric.

In keeping with Hapter's minimal design, the steel's suppleness means the glasses are flexible enough to be folded without requiring hinges.

The cotton fabric is treated with a bio solution designed to prevent any stains and fraying of the raw edges.

Each fabric used is tactically different, with a different thread count, some soft and some natural and coarse. Here are my favourite!

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